It was a solo show from Neil on this week’s CJ. In a overheated studio, with the Olympics about to start in London, we featured music that reached a personal best, set a new world record and in general was higher, faster and stronger. Whatever that means… What you got was new music from Billy Hart along with some Brazilian sounds that reflect the recent change in UK weather along with a club feeling for the last 20 minutes of the show.
We began with the French trio of DJ Oil, Fred Berthet, and Arnaud Taillefer who make up Troublemaker, played two vibes based tracks (one from the 1970s with Keith Jarrett and Gary Burton and one contemporary and very listenable track from maverick John Zorn) before continuing with a deep performance from tenor sax master Brecker and following this with Heatwave’s original The Star of a Story and NY pianist’s dazzling take on this classic soul track. A CJ favourite from Emanative with trumpeter Matthew Halsall followed this before we began our Brazilian segment – the Reminisence Quartet (on a rare import Neil picked up in Bilbao), Ceu’s brand new take on an Upsetters’ reggae classic and O Lance from Brazil’s finest Azymuth.
The summery vibe continued with Quantic and Alice Russell’s lovely Magdalena, the stunning rhythmic patterns of drummer Billy Hart and a funky live outing from Joe Henderson. The show ended with our ‘jazz outside’ mix- a big band live concert tribute to hip hop producer J Dilla, P’Taah’s German electronica, UK club sounds from Mr Scruff and back to Brazil with Mos Def’s rap sampling of Banda Black Rio’s version of Casa Forte.
Go for gold – listen to Cosmic Jazz on Listen Again as soon as you can.
- Troublemakers – Electrorloge
- Keith Jarrett and Gary Burton – Como en Vietnam
- John Zorn – Miller’s Crake
- Michael Brecker – Minsk
- Heatwave /Vijay Iyer – The Star of a Story
- Emanative (feat. Matthew Halsall) – Find You
- Reminiscence Quartet – Psychodelica
- Ceu – You Won’t Regret It
- Azymuth – O Lance
- Quantic and Alice Russell – Magdalena
- Billy Hart – Tolli’s Dance
- Joe Henderson – If You’re Not Part of the Solution, You’re Part of the Problem
- Mochilla Project (for J Dilla) – Welcome to Detroit
- P’Taah – No One, No How, Never
- Mr Scruff – Sweet Smoke
- Mos Def – Casa Bey
So how about the pairing of vocalist Flora Purim and Stan Getz? Check them out here with Stanley Cowell on piano, Miroslav Vitous on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums. It’s not Purim’s best performance by a long way but what a group to play with – wonder if they ever recorded?